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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Our Perception of Space Aliens in SF

Here is a fun critical piece, "Real Aliens Don't Ask Directions," from Internet Review of Science Fiction, written by Daniel M. Kimmel. Kimmel divides typical space-alien movies into those with friendly visitors who want to "guide us towards peace," such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, and the ones with unfriendly visitors, such as War of the Worlds.

However, there are exceptions, ones in which the aliens have little interest in humans at all, such as It Came from Outer Space, where Earth was an unplanned stopping point for ship repairs. This was the focus of the criticism, so go to the article, now, Earthling. There you will see that We, um, them space aliens out yonder mean us no harm. And go watch ET again, now, before it's too late!

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